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Kimberly and Carson Mencken

Kimberly Mencken is a senior lecturer in the Economics Department. She arrived in 2002 and teaches micro and macro principles, urban and regional economics, and an MBA economics course. In the Fall semester of 2011, she served as the Program Director for the Baylor in Maastricht study abroad program. She currently serves on the Hankamer Career Advisory Committee and helps economics majors in their job searches. Prior to working at Baylor, Professor Mencken worked as a Management Analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She worked as a data analyst during graduate school and also worked as a management trainee for a bank. She has a degree in international trade and finance and a master's degree in economics, both from LSU. Professor Mencken really enjoys working with her students at Baylor, and her dedication to her students was rewarded in 2011 when she was awarded the Hankamer Business School Teaching Excellence Award.

Carson Mencken is Professor of Sociology. He has 18 years of experience teaching and advising students at the university level, and has taught at Baylor University since 2002. He earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology from the College of Charleston, and earned his master's and PhD from Louisiana State University. He teaches introduction to sociology, research methods, and deviance to undergraduate students. He also teaches multivariate statistical modeling to graduate students. Dr. Mencken serves as the graduate program director for the Department of Sociology. He won the Outstanding Graduate Teaching award in 2009. One of his areas of specialization is the sociology of religion, with an emphasis on new religious movements and extreme groups. He also does work on rural economic development, and is currently preparing a book on the survival of small businesses in rural America.

Kimberly and Carson met while in school at Louisiana State University and have been married over 20 years. They have an eleven year old son, Carter, who attends Live Oak Classical School. He is active in sports and especially enjoys football, tae kwon do, and basketball. The Menckens have a three year old chocolate lab named Snickers.